Film scholars, anthropologists, and critics discuss star-making in the contemporary Hindi-language film industry in India, also known as "Bollywood." Draws on theories of stardom, globalization, transnationalism, gender, and new media studies.
Same-sex love and eroticism in Indian culture and society. The essays focus on pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial gay and lesbian life in India to provide a comprehensive look at a much neglected topic.
Argues that Indian film production and reception is shaped by the desire for national community and a pan-Indian culture linking their form and content to broader issues of national identity, epic tradition, popular culture, history, and the implications of diaspora.
Focus on the development of Bombay-based commercial cinema since 1913, exploring the symbolic role of settings and costumes in staging the nation and the function of makeup and hairstyles in defining notions of beauty, sexuality, and consumption.
Eye-catching song and dance sequences, colourful imagery and glamourous costumes are just some of the factors that create the distinctive style of a Bollywood film. The book charts the historical, political and cultural changes experienced by the country, as seen through the eyes of the Bollywood film industry.
Examines the role and depiction of religion in Indian cinema, showing that the relationship between the modern and the traditional in contemporary India is not exotic, but part of everyday life.
Also available in print JPL 3rd Floor PN1993.5.I4 D88 2006
With a backdrop of religious violence and escalating regional tensions in South Asia, probes the urgent topic of secularism and tolerance in Indian culture and life. Explores Partition as the founding trauma of the Indian nation-state and traces the consequences of its marking off of "Indian" from "Pakistani" and the positioning of Indian Muslims as strangers within the nation.
Also available in print: JPL PK5407 .K86 2008
Maps out the early culture of cinema stardom in India from its emergence in the silent era to the decade after Indian independence in the mid-twentieth century.
Also available in print: JPL 3rd Floor PN1993.5.I8 M34 2009
Exploring the nature of mainstream Hindi cinema, examines its nonrealistic depictions of everyday life in India and what it reveals about Indian society. Showing how escapism and entertainment function in Bollywood cinema.
Hindi Cinema is full of instances of repetition of themes, narratives, plots and characters. By looking at 60 years of Hindi cinema, this book focuses on the phenomenon as a crucial thematic and formal code that is problematic when representing the national and cinematic subject.
Also in print PN1993.5.I8 B424 2013
Using multiple theoretical perspectives from Anthropology, Performance Studies, and Film and Media studies, this book locates, historicizes, and analyzes the dance reality show both as an aesthetic-cultural product, and as a lived reality of a new generation of middle-class viewers and performers.